PopMatters writers present their favorite summer entertainment -- be it music, film, books, events, games, TV, comics -- from any period in pop culture history. These are highly personal picks and we'll begin adding to them on an annual basis. Today we present books and comics selections. Look for music on Tuesday, film/TV/DVD on Wednesday and games and events on Thursday of this week.
A common thread unites Ivy Mix's engaging Spirits of Latin America; "the chaotic intermixture between indigenous and European traditions" is still an inextricable facet of life for everyone who inhabits the "New World".
Working in different cities, recording parts as MP3s, and stitching them together, Deerhoof once again show total disregard for the very concept of genre with their latest, Future Teenage Cave Artists.
When I first came out as trans, I desperately wanted acceptance and validation into the "male gender", and espoused negative beliefs toward my femininity. Avatar: The Last Airbender helped me transcend that.
Like pretty much everywhere else in the pop music universe, China's developing rock scene changed after Nirvana. It's just that China's rockers didn't get the memo in 1991, nor would've known what to do with it, then.